Words and Images from Great Barrier Island

As I’m writing, another storm is building up on Great Barrier Island, and it is convenient to use it as an excuse to spend the day inside, by the fire, avoiding all the chores that I need to take care of, and watching Rani through the window having another feast on a vast selection of cow bones. To be honest, I have been quite lazy recently and if it wasn’t for the storm, I’d find another lame excuse not to do my chores or tackle any of the projects that I have been pushing aside.

It is the second day of school holidays, and if it wasn’t for the storm warning in force, I’d be busy with the school holiday programme as part of my youth worker role. The plan for today was to play golf and we had more than a dozen young youth booked for this activity.

I’m due a holiday myself, perhaps a week of reclusiveness with the phone and email turned off would provide the right kind of activation energy.  In saying that, however, I have enough self-knowledge to be aware of the fact that my susceptibility to procrastination and laziness is only due to my attitude and nature, and not due to outside circumstances.

You’ve certainly heard that you ‘should never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’.  It stands in crass contrast to something I have only heard once in my life: ‘The only thing you have to do is die’. It is without doubt not easy to get good advice, even if you are not looking for advice at all. Arguably, it never has been as human interaction is too often based on vested interest and/or an inability to express oneself in a rational, quantifiable and unquestionable manner, followed by the intrinsic habit of hearing what we want to, or merely waiting for when it is our turn to say something in a conversation rather than listening and contemplating.

The wind is picking up steadily, we’re at 55 knots gusting, bloody Rani is up to mischief as I can’t see her any more and I still don’t have a title or topic of discussion for this article. I do have images of a calm day in Tryphena Harbour and a small selection of disused, old defenders though.

I’ve got an unread double issue of ‘TIME’, a subscriptional remnant of accrued air miles, on my desk. The title image highlights some  unquantified and misleading comments about ‘The Smarter Home’ like:

  • the car that can power your home
  • the garden that filters your air

There will surely be an essay about the ISIS, the result of unjustified wars of terror, ignorance, arrogance, disinformation, non-strategic interference and vested interest. Killed and demonised are those strong leaders, as questionable as they may have been and were portrayed, and the people both directly and indirectly affected are left with significantly less stability and a form of life that is unfathomable, especially in those parts of the world, where the individual and collective act instinctively and emotionally to random acts of inequality and unethical treatment, without ever wanting to compare what options are available to counteract such treatment.

As usual, I’m looking forward to reading the magazine including the highly amusing and intriguing ‘awesome column’ by Joel Stein.

4 thoughts on “Words and Images from Great Barrier Island”

  1. HI BEN SHONA AND I HAVE BROUGHT A PLACE UPIN MANGONUI UP NORTH LITTLE HOUSE ON HILL OVERLOOKING MANGONUI HARBOR BEEN UP HERE FROM MAY WORKING FOR LOCAL TRUCKING COMPANY GREAT SPOT JUST LIKE THEBARRIER WEATHER HAS BEEN SHIT HERE FOR THE LAST WEEK HAVENT HEARD ANY NEWS FROM BARRIER FOR SOMETIME RING GRAHAM EVERY SO OFTEN WILL HAVE TO CATCH UP SOON WILL DO A TRIP DOWN TO AUCKLAND SOON TO PREPEAR BOAT FOR TRIP UP NORTH HOPE ALL IS WORKING OUT FOR YOU SAY GIDDAY TO ALL THE CREW FROMUS BOTH CHEERS SCOTT SHONA

  2. I know I’m pedantic, but those land rovers are what’s known as “series”. I think they’re series 3 , maybe late series 2 and dating from the early seventies. The short wheelbase example in the second pic is on an 88″ wheelbase chassis and would have been quite a fun machine. The defender came much later in the early nineties and I believe is still being made although not for much longer. It’s a good job I don’t have access to those, I’m a sad individual and I’d spend the rest of my life trying to do something with them all (There are a lot of them on that site). Ok, shoot me for being an anorak!

    Paul xxxxx

    1. From what I hear, the property owner has plenty more than those obvious from the drive way. Must be 50+, there is heaps of other interesting stuff there as well. Well, we’ll catch some fish for Ross and raid his gardens, you can have a better look and if you like, I’ll introduce you to the property owner and you can restore all of his Land Rovers…. hehe But seriously, there is so much cool stuff in the bush there.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *